Nebraska Football: Music City Bowl Features Huskers and Volunteers

The Nebraska football team will get a blast from the past in their bowl opponent when they face the Tennessee Volunteers in the Music City Bowl down Nashville way.

Nebraska and Tennessee have clashed twice before. The first time was a 42-17 rout as the No. 2 Cornhuskers dominated a No. 3 Peyton Manning-led squad in the 1998 Orange Bowl that also featured former NFL standout Jamal Lewis at running back.

The impressive performance helped Nebraska earn a share of the 1997 National Championship as the Coaches Poll gave ranked the Huskers as the No. 1 team in the country over Michigan.

The second encounter pitted the No. 3 Huskers versus the No. 5 Volunteers in the 2000 Fiesta Bowl which featured a much more closely-contested 31-21 battle.

Quarterback Tee Martin and wide receiver Donté Stallworth helped to lead the Tennessee threat while Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch and running backs Dan Alexander and Correll Buckhalter did a great chunk of the damage for the Big Red offense.

The Music City Bowl will take place on Friday, Dec. 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

Nebraska comes into the matchup with a 9-3 record and is currently unranked in the College Football Playoff poll.

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Tennessee sits at 8-4 and checks in at No. 21, a bump up from last week’s spot.

This will be the first trip to the Music City Bowl for Nebraska while Tennessee has attended once before in 2010. It was an unfriendly visit as Derek Dooley’s Volunteers lost a 30-27 contest to the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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